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IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

Radical Moderate Re:47 square yards? (268 comments)

Hey, be grateful those weren't cubic square yards

5 days ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

Radical Moderate I hate Apple packaging! (408 comments)

Honestly, I don't need every frickin component hermetically sealed in cellophane with custom-molded plastic caps that will be instantly thrown away. I buy dozens of Macs periodically, and getting rid of Apple's foam packaging is a huge PIA. And it goes straight to the landfill. Give me Dell's cardboard any day.

I do like the jewel-box like packaging on their smaller products, it's mostly cardstock, and well implemented.

about two weeks ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

Radical Moderate The numbers fit my preconceived assumptions... (460 comments)

The methodology of this study is pretty shaky, so the numbers are worthless. The fact that they're what you'd expect them to be is meaningless. I'm not saying there's no harrassment issues in science or field work, or that your conjecture is necessarily wrong. I'm saying the selection bias of this survey makes it impossible to draw any conclusions from it.

about two weeks ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

Radical Moderate Comes down to surface area (207 comments)

A larger surface will be more prone to flex, leading to cracks. So a small surface like a watch face won't be subjected to much flexing stress, and the sapphire glass will hold up. A tablet, not so much. Pricing too. On a watch with a square inch of glass, spending ten times more for the sapphire glass isn't a big deal. On a tablet with about 30 square inches, well, do the math.

about two weeks ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Radical Moderate Re:Buy a better bus! (491 comments)

Yeah, that's pathetic. Proterra is an American company with former Director of Transportation Ray LaHood on its board, so they'll probably be picking up more contracts. According to the article, on a 17-mile route the bus will stop for 10 minutes to recharge. I'm sure customers will be thrilled to hang around for ten minutes while the bus charges.

I think electric buses are a great idea, but Proterra, not so much.

about three weeks ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Radical Moderate That's assuming free and convenient parking (491 comments)

Remove that form the equation, and buses start looking very attractive. And that doesn't just apply to big cities. I live in a small but pretty dense town, parking is a huge issue. Bus service is pretty crappy. Something needs to be done, whatever it is will be expensive.

about three weeks ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Radical Moderate Competition my hiney (533 comments)

"As far as most slashdot users are concerned, there's enough competition to let capitalism do it's thing."

I have a choice of crappy DSL that doesn't even meet the current 4 Mbps spec, or Comcast. Thanks capitalism!

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: the State of Free Video Editing Tools?

Radical Moderate Don't laugh, but... (163 comments)

for quick and dirty editing WMM doesn't suck. The UI is fairly intuitive and I haven't crashed it yet. Features are pretty limited of course, but it's not bad for what it is.

about a month ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

Radical Moderate You nailed it (251 comments)

"There are at least 4 wizards for adding a printer, some are metro-based and some are desktop based. System restore is another one like that, and there are lots more."

Hardly anyone seems to get that. People who claim they never have to look at Metro must not be doing much on their systems. Get under the hood to do any configuration, and you're bouncing back and forth between Metro and Classic and it's annoying as hell.

about a month ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

Radical Moderate Yes, but in fairness to MS... (251 comments)

...they have said they were moving to a more frequent release schedule, a la Apple. Now that I've been fair to MS, let me say I despise the UI-formerly-known-as-Metro and it can't be replaced soon enough.

about a month ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

Radical Moderate yeah. If this doesn't set off your BS alarm: (441 comments)

""The vast, vast majority of tech engineers that I talked to who are from the United States are very supportive of bringing in people from other countries because they want to work with the very best."

....you're brain dead. I wouldn't believe anything coming out of this shill's mouth.

about a month ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

Radical Moderate Re:Not putting up with jerks (257 comments)

I had DSL. YMMV of course, but in our location it was pathetic. And anyone I use will be running over AT&T's equipment, and it took them a week to fix my problem (which was in their data center) the last time I dealt with them. So yes, when it comes to ISPs, I do have to put up with jerks, because my only other option is Comcast. they're incredibly evil, but at least they deliver fast internet.

about a month ago
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How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

Radical Moderate And how long does it take... (190 comments)

to build a gas station? 11 days seems easy-peasy.

about a month ago
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

Radical Moderate You know what else discourages investment.... (338 comments)

in broadband communications? Hoarding profits to buy out competitors, NBC, and politicians. Why invest in improving service for your captive customers when you can invest in takeovers and bribes?

about a month ago
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Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

Radical Moderate What limits? (105 comments)

"Have we reached the limits of their usefulness?"

Ummm...no? Seriously, WTF? Sure, the study is interesting, but what limits are we talking about? I suppose the Kindle might not be the best choice for reading a history text, but aside from that, meh.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

Radical Moderate Re:My wife has a Twist too... (337 comments)

I think there's a firmware update to fix the autorotate issue, not sure if it works. I haven't seen the machine for some time, she keeps it at work now.

about a month ago
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Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

Radical Moderate I suppose Win8 "brought a lot" of....something... (188 comments)

....to the table. Some of it might even be good, but hiding it under a steaming pile of UI was not the smoothest of moves. As for their store, color me shocked that MS of all people copied a competitor's product with a half-assed implementation.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

Radical Moderate My wife has a Twist too... (337 comments)

and .....yeah. It was my first in-depth experience with Win8, and not a good one. Layer on some buggy firmware, and boy did the good times roll.

about a month and a half ago

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Microsoft to become more like Apple?

Radical Moderate Radical Moderate writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Radical Moderate (563286) writes "Inspired by Apple's recent successes, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says that MS is changing the way it deals with Dell, HP, and other hardware vendors to create "great end-to-end experiences". No word yet on what exactly that change entails, but analysts are speculating . The Seattle Post Intelligencer has the full text of Ballmer's e-mail. "
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